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East Haven To Address Cosey Beach Parking Concerns

Out-of-towners park on side streets because there is no charge to use the beach.

The East Haven Board of Police Commissioners has agreed to form a new subcommittee to look at parking problems at Cosey Beach that have irked residents for some time, the New Haven Register reports. 

The committee may end up placing street signs near the beach letting people know parking is illegal. The biggest issue is East Haven is the only New Haven County community that doesn’t charge for use of its beach so out-of-towners flock to it, Evan Lips reports. 

At a meeting last week, more than than 35 residents attended demanding action be taken concerning beach parking. 

Read the Register’s full story here. 

eddychase June 26, 2014 at 09:36 PM
Richard.What the town has to do is designate say a four or five block area as a resident parking zone area.Signage has to be placed stating that this is resident parking only.stickers are already provided with your tax bills.If a vehicle does not have a sticker the car would be ticketed and towed.So say if the resident has two cars and one sticker,it is the obligation of the resident to go to the tax collectors office prove residency and obtain that second sticker.Designate the officer who is assigned to that area to inforce the ordinance.This will not be a so called cheap fix,but I am sure that it will cure the problems the town is currently having.
Richard Poulton June 26, 2014 at 09:48 PM
Nice, but what happens when that street resident has a family party and six family members show up and park on the street? What about that out of state guest staying for a few days? There is no direct fix to this problem.
CitizenVoice June 27, 2014 at 10:37 PM
Richard: In answer to the family/guest question... I frequent Newport, R.I. quite often during the summer. I know that residents can go to the town hall and request a limited number of parking passes for these occasions. I, too, was under the impression the E.H. resident beach parking pass was for the large parking lot. I didn't receive one this year with my tax bill as I did in the past. Are they available at town hall? Are they being enforced?
Richard Poulton June 28, 2014 at 07:51 AM
Good morning CV. All well and good for a planned visit. But, again throwing the wrench into the wheel, what about that spontaneous visitor just dropping by? What do you do, run out and wave him off from parking? I know from experience that NH has "residence parking" only streets and problems still arise. There is no easy fix to this issue and nothing done by the town will ease the neighbors compliants. The PD just has to enforce the existing parking regulations. Tag and tow those blockiing hydrants, to close to corners, obstructing, etc... I wish these people well tonight (fire works).
CitizenVoice June 28, 2014 at 02:02 PM
Geez Richard, you must have a box full of wrenches. By the way, I just got my EH Resident Parking Pass in the mail. I'm taking the kids down there today and plan to park about 1/2-way to Morris Cove on the back road & walk the rest of the way down through the little league fields while the kids bike in (great use for our walkie-talkies). At our house we've become the masters of work-arounds, but I do feel bad for the folks who live down there. When I lived in Short Beach, in Branford, we took to leaving lots of creative notes on cars that didn't belong there. Short of police action and vandalism, a "creative note" won't solve the problem, but it will make the writer feel better. Have a great weekend.

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